The Center for Children and Families at Florida International University (FIU) is recruiting up to three full-time Post-doctoral Research Associates in the ADHD Research Group for two-year appointments with the possibility of extending to three years (or longer as a research assistant professor). The positions will be housed in the Center for Children and Families (CCF) at FIU (http://ccc.fiu.edu). The CCF is one of five University-Designated Preeminent Programs and has 45 faculty associates and more than 100 trainees in masters, doctoral, and professional programs who study child and adolescent mental health. The CCF currently has more than $50m of research funding—mostly NIH and IES, has extensive relationships with the Miami-Dade Public Schools, the fourth largest school district in the U.S. The CCF also has a close affiliation with and extensive funding from The Children’s Trust, the largest funder of children’s services in Miami-Dade County.
One active research area in the CCF is ADHD, with 10 faculty actively studying cause, nature, or treatment. The postdoctoral appointments will be in the ADHD Research Group within the CCF and will begin in the summer or fall, 2017. The postdocs will emphasize clinical research training within the context of federally-funded projects investigating effective interventions and accommodations for children and adolescents with ADHD. Current projects in which the successful applicants will be involved include three currently funded projects: (1) a new IES Goal 3 study employing a SMART design in elementary schools to investigate an adaptive Response to Intervention (RtI) model involving low- to increasingly high-intensity behavioral classroom interventions along with stimulant medication as necessary; (2) an IES-funded Goal 2 project investigating the feasibility of implementing COACHES, an evidence-based soccer-based, behavioral parent-training intervention for children with ADHD and their fathers in a school setting; and (3) a NIDA-funded R01 using a SMART design to investigate the most effective course of brief prevention and subsequent intervention if necessary for young adolescents with ADHD at risk for substance use. Additional studies beyond these three include a study pending for NIMH that examines the neural attention networks that are presumed to underlie reaction time variability in children with ADHD, compared to typical comparison children. Other funded projects being conducted by faculty affiliated with the ADHD Research Group and to which postdoctoral associates may have access include (a) the NIAAA-funded Pittsburgh ADHD Longitudinal Study of adult substance use and related outcomes, (b) an NIMH-funded Tolerance To Stimulant Medication Study, (c) an IES-funded Goal 1 project conducting a meta-analysis of behavioral treatments for ADHD, (d) an NIMH-funded study of the cognitive and neural mechanisms of response to behavioral treatment in ADHD and (c) a number of other projects involving mechanisms and effects of treatment in children with ADHD. CCF faculty a annually conduct two large (N>200), funded Summer Treatment Programs for 4- to 12 year olds with ADHD, directed by Drs. Erika Coles, Joe Raiker, Kat Hart, and Paulo Graziano, in which multiple intervention studies are designed and implemented in classroom, recreational, and home settings, as well as an after-school program for elementary-aged ADHD children.
Activities for the postdoctoral associates will include participant recruitment and assessment, training, supervising, and collaborating with research staff and doctoral trainees, providing consultation to teachers in public school settings, and training parents. Opportunities will be available to accrue supervised clinical hours towards licensure. Postdoctoral associates will be expected to contribute substantively to manuscript preparation, conference presentations, grant submissions, and community engagement. The opportunity to submit collaborative grants with the possibility of a faculty-level research position is available to postdoctoral associates. CCF faculty involved in the ADHD Research Group include Drs. Coles, Raiker, Schatz, Hart, Graziano, Dick, Musser, Mattfeld, Allen, and Pelham.
General applicant requirements
All applicants must hold a doctoral degree in clinical, counseling, school or related field of psychology at the start of their appointment. Spanish language fluency is a plus.
Applications consisting of a cover letter, CV, and names of three references (as well as subsequent letters) should be sent via email to William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., Director, Center for Children and Families and Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Florida International University (email@example.com). Review of applications will be ongoing with an initial deadline for applications by May 1, 2017 and invitations for interviews made shortly thereafter and a targeted hiring date in the summer of 2017
FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.